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Cleaning in Place Solutions


CLEANING IN PLACE (CIP) is a mandatory requirement and critical in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical markets due to the possibility of contamination and regulatory conformance. CIP solutions must always be validated to ensure proper cleaning. These solutions ensure safety, prevent toxic contamination of critical areas and products, as well as minimize the risk of recontamination. To achieve the highest cleaning efficiency and effectiveness, a composite blend of different chemicals is required during the decontamination process.


A critical area in any biopharmaceutical process is the purification / filtration processes. The devices, media and resins utilized during these processes are costly. For chromatography media, regeneration can be performed directly inside the column. This avoids unpacking and repacking of the media and is called "cleaning in place" (CIP). It is critical to extend the life of costly chromatography media because it is used in multiple production runs. Spectrum Chemical can provide the CIP solutions you need to safeguard all of your chromatography / filtration devices.


The preservatives used for chromatography media solutions must meet a number of demands. Most importantly, they must be sufficiently effective at preventing growth of microorganisms during the entire shelf life, without affecting the functionality of the medium. In addition, the preservative should be non – toxic to humans, inexpensive and easily disposed of.


Spectrum's CIP solutions meet the highest demands for purity and reliability. They effectively prevent contamination of costly media and filtration equipment. These bioprocess-focused solutions are manufactured to meet and exceed the requirements of our valued biopharmaceutical customers. All of these solutions are manufactured under cGMP conditions and feature low bioburden levels with documentation and technical support provided.


CIP solutions generally include an acid, alkali and detergent, as well as a rinsing agent – preferably water for injection (WFI).

  • A CIP acidic solution based on nitric acid, phosphoric acid or sulfuric acid will eliminate inorganic sediment in tanks, tubes, fermentation or other similar equipment.

    – Acidic solutions containing 1% - 2% benzyl alcohol sanitize and clean affinity media efficiently.

  • A CIP alkali solution based on sodium hydroxide (NaOH) down to 0.01N and surfactants will eliminate organic and fatty contamination, gels and emulsions. Sodium hypochlorite can also be used.

– Sodium hydroxide is the most common CIP solution. It is effective in removing proteins and nucleic acid impurities from chromatography media and filtration equipment. It saponifies fats and inactivates most proteins, viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi and endotoxins.

– One particular time – saving technique is to add sodium chloride in combination with the sodium hydroxide solution to combine cleaning and sanitization. The sodium hydroxide solution has the ability to solubilize precipitated proteins and its hydrolyzing power is enhanced in the presence of chlorine.

– Sodium hydroxide solutions are also effective in inactivating endotoxins in solution. Higher sodium hydroxide solution concentrations (0.5N or 1.0N) require less contact time for inactivation versus lower concentrations (0.1N).

– Since sodium hydroxide is inexpensive and bacteriostatic, it can also be used for storage. Concentrations from 0.1N to 1.0N can be used for storing packed chromatography columns.


– Sodium hydroxide can be corrosive to skin and metal. Be sure that your chromatography media and equipment are compatible with the concentration, temperature and time exposed to the solutions.

  • A CIP solution of 20% ethanol protects costly chromatography resins from contamination during temporary storage between production runs until they are required again for future production runs. A 20% ethanol solution along with 150mMol/sodium chloride are used for resin storage. Combinations of ethanol and sodium hydroxide (0.1N NaOH in 10% ethanol) are also effective for resin storage.


Once the contaminations have been removed, it is critical to eliminate any traces of the CIP solutions. A highly purified water, such as WFI water, is generally used. This water must also be free from any conductivity. Only then will the cleaning process be complete.


Cleaning in Place Solutions



Cleaning in Place Solutions

Cleaning in Place Solutions
Catalog Product Description Size Ranges
S9291 Sodium Hydroxide Solution 0.1N GMP 5L, 10L, 25L, 200L
S9292 Sodium Hydroxide Solution 0.5N GMP 5L, 10L, 25L, 200L
S9290 Sodium Hydroxide Solution 1.0N GMP 5L, 10L, 25L, 200L
H9801 Hydrochloric Acid Solution 0.1N GMP 4L, 20L, 200L
H9802 Hydrochloric Acid Solution 0.5N GMP 4L, 20L, 200L
H9803 Hydrochloric Acid Solution 6.0N GMP 4L, 20L, 200L
B8200 Benzyl Alcohol EP, BP, JP, NF (bioCERTIFIED™) 500ml, 4L, 25L
E9200 Ethanol 20% cGMP 1gal, 5gal, 55gal
Cleaning in Place Solutions

The bioCERTIFIED quality program covers an expanded menu of analytical tests and certifications required by biopharmaceutical manufacturers. For parenteral applications where a biological drug enters directly into the bloodstream, even more stringency is required to ensure a product is endotoxin-free with minimal bioburden. New USP 232/233 requirements for elemental impurities put even more demand on the certifications for raw materials. The new Spectrum bioCERTIFIED product label identifies products that have undergone additional testing for bioburden, endotoxin and elemental impurities.